Japan-Oman Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On September 7, commencing at 10:00 a.m. (local time; September 7, 4:00 p.m. JST) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Saudi Arabia to participate in meetings including the Japan-GCC Foreign Ministers' Meeting, held a meeting with H.E. Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi, Foreign Minister of the Sultanate of Oman. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi stated that as last year marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Oman, he would like to expand Japan - Oman relations in a wider range of areas under the comprehensive partnership. In response, Minister Sayyid Badr expressed his intention to continue working with Minister Hayashi to further strengthen bilateral relations in various areas.
- Minister Hayashi stated that he appreciates the signing of a preliminary agreement between the two countries on a long-term LNG offtake agreement at the end of last year and that the stable supply of LNG from Oman is extremely important. The two ministers concurred to further promote cooperation in many areas, including renewable energy such as hydrogen, in addition to the traditional energy sector.
- Minister Hayashi explained Japan's position on the recent discharge of ALPS -treated water, referring to the IAEA's assessment in its Comprehensive Report. Minister Sayyid Badr stated that he is confident that Japan will comply with international standards.
- The two ministers exchanged views on international situations including the situations in East Asia and the Middle East, and concurred to continue to work together including efforts on Iran’s nuclear deal. Minister Hayashi also stated that he would like to work closely with Oman to realize a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)".